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Shelby County High School’s athletic, academic and musical successes during its five decades have provided hundreds of trophies for the school to display.
And now Shelby County Public Schools wants to share that history with those who helped create it.
Although there is no intention to get rid of the regional, state and national championship trophies that are on display at the school, there are many runner-up, invitational and tournament trophies from years past have been pushed from the over-crowded trophy cases to make room for the new successes.
So knowing full well that those trophies hold valuable memories for former athletes, cheerleaders, academic team and band members, the district will have a silent auction on Thursday and Friday at the district’s office, at 1155 Main St. in Shelbyville.
“This isn’t an effort to make money, but the trophies have been labeled as surplus by the board,” said Ryan Allan, the district’s public relations coordinator. “If anyone wants to save a piece of that history, we’d like to give them the chance.”
The items up for auction include some undated trophies and others from the 1960s through the early 1990s.
“We’d try to put several together to represent an era, and we’d like it if people bid on whole boxes,” Allan said. “But they don’t have to. You can bid on one item, and there is no minimum bid.”
The district by law is not allowed to give away surplus items.
“We know these items have more meaning to those that were involved in winning them,” Allan said. “And they are not all athletic trophies. There are cheerleading, academic team, drama, band and, of course, items from all the sports.”
The district is hoping that the someone who was involved with a team – for instance the band that won the Oct. 1 Carroll County Marching Band Contest in 1983 – will be available to bid on an item that would carry a lot of meaning to him or her.
“We display what we can in the trophy case at the school, but it’s already overcrowded,” Allen said. “And it’s not that we’re not proud of these accomplishments, because we are. But we just can’t keep every trophy out on display.
“That’s why we decided to bring the public in and let them take home a piece of history that is important to them.”
This is the second time the district has held a silent auction for old trophies. In 2000, Allen said the district auctioned off several old Shelbyville High School trophies, and the event was well received.
“I think people are going to be really excited to come out and try to get a piece of history that they were involved with,” he said.
WHY: The school district will have a silent auction for the old trophies that it no longer has room to display.
WHEN:From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday
WHERE: SCPS district office at 1155 Main Street
WINNERS:The winners will be notified after 1 p.m. Friday.